Christoph Freund has been working at Red Bull Salzburg in various functions for 15 years now. From the summer of 2006 to 2012 as a team manager, then three years as a sports coordinator, before taking on the position of sports director at the beginning of July 2015. Now there are rumors about a departure to RB Leipzig, but the 44-year-old is not thinking of saying goodbye to Mozart’s city.
Christoph Freund feels at home in Salzburg
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From team manager to sports director, Christoph Freund worked his way up at series champion Red Bull Salzburg and has been responsible for the sporting agendas of the current Bundesliga leaders for over six years. During his time, the “Red Bulls” won five championship titles and four cup titles, and they also reached the semi-finals of the Europa League once. The 44-year-old’s most successful work did not go unnoticed, at Eintracht Frankfurt he was long considered a candidate for the position of sports director, and at the sister club RB Leipzig he should also be on the radar for the vacancy of the sports director. In an interview with “Sky” during the game against LASK, Freund Nonne commented on the rumors and took a clear position on the Salzburgers: “I can only speak for myself and I can only repeat what I have said in the last few months, that I really like it in Salzburg and that we have a team that is very special. ”
With ten wins in the first ten Bundesliga games, the league croesus under neo-coach Matthias Jaissle has set a new Bundesliga record and is also at the top of her group in the Champions League with four points from the first two games. In the ÖFB Cup, they made it into the second round with confidence. “I’m extremely attached to the club. I also feel extremely happy. We are currently in the process of developing something with the young coaching team. We are far from finished and I would like to be there,” said Freund, saying that he is currently not interested in a change. In Salzburg, the sports director is under contract until summer 2023.
Friend: “I am not bored at all”
Freund also wants to fulfill this: “Contracts are there to be kept in my opinion. I should also be a role model. I also have nothing that pulls me away” and immediately afterwards that his task in Salzburg continues for him has a great appeal: “I won’t get bored here at all.” After 18 players and a coach who dared to step out of the city of Mozart into eastern Germany, this time RB Leipzig will probably not find what they are looking for in Salzburg.